Jesse Jackson Civil Rights Activist

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1993- Rainbow/PUSH Coalition[1] Overview

Jesse Louis Jackson, an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for theDemocratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as 'shadow senator' for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He was the founder of both entities that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. In the "Black Voices" poll in February 2006, Jackson was voted "the most important black leader" with 15% of the vote. During the 1980s, he achieved wide fame as an African American leader and as a politician, as well as becoming a well-known spokesman for civil rights issues. His influence extended to matters outside of our country in the 1980s and 1990s.

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On November 3, 1983, he announced his campaign for presidency. In 1984, Jackson became the second African American external image Jesse%20Jackson.jpgto announce a nationwide campaign for President of the United States, running as a Democrat.In the primaries, Jackson, who had been written off by pundits as a fringe candidate with little chance at winning the nomination, surprised many when he took third place behind Senator Gary Hartand former Vice President Walter Mondale, who eventually won the nomination. Jackson garnered 3,282,431 primary votes,in 1984, he won states including Louisiana, the District of Columbia, South Carolina, Virginia and in Mississippi. Four years later, in 1988, Jackson once again offered himself as a candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. This time, his successes in the past made him a more credible candidate, and he was both better financed and better organized. Although most people did not seem to believe he had a serious chance at winning, Jackson once again exceeded expectations as he more than doubled his previous results, prompting R.W. Apple of the New York Times to call 1988 "the Year of Jackson"


In March 2007, Jackson declared his support for then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 democratic primaries.external image Jesse+Jackson.jpgJackson was a new found supporter and had much influence for the democratic party. Coming from a world of political adventure he worked hard to keep his voice heard through out the 2008-2009 election. Fox News got over heard Jackson's conversation at the 2009 election campaign that hurt Jackson's voice in the democratic party, this conversation hurt his career and changed the way we look at him today. Jackson however, has been a huge impact on American and African-American influence in our government.


1. Jesse James. Feb. & march 1998. Web. <>.

2. "Bio Jesse James.//" Web.

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